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Prepare, season, and cook dishes such as soups, meats, vegetables, or desserts in restaurants. May order supplies, keep records and accounts, price items on menu, or plan menu.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Inspect and clean food preparation areas, such as equipment and work surfaces, or serving areas to ensure safe and sanitary food-handling practices.
    • Ensure freshness of food and ingredients by checking for quality, keeping track of old and new items, and rotating stock.
    • Season and cook food according to recipes or personal judgment and experience.
    • Ensure food is stored and cooked at correct temperature by regulating temperature of ovens, broilers, grills, and roasters.
    • Turn or stir foods to ensure even cooking.
    • Observe and test foods to determine if they have been cooked sufficiently, using methods such as tasting, smelling, or piercing them with utensils.
    • Portion, arrange, and garnish food, and serve food to waiters or patrons.
    • Weigh, measure, and mix ingredients according to recipes or personal judgment, using various kitchen utensils and equipment.
    • Bake, roast, broil, and steam meats, fish, vegetables, and other foods.
    • Wash, peel, cut, and seed fruits and vegetables to prepare them for consumption.
    • Coordinate and supervise work of kitchen staff.
    • Estimate expected food consumption, requisition or purchase supplies, or procure food from storage.
    • Substitute for or assist other cooks during emergencies or rush periods.
    • Consult with supervisory staff to plan menus, taking into consideration factors such as costs and special event needs.
    • Butcher and dress animals, fowl, or shellfish, or cut and bone meat prior to cooking.
    • Prepare relishes and hors d'oeuvres.
    • Carve and trim meats such as beef, veal, ham, pork, and lamb for hot or cold service, or for sandwiches.
    • Keep records and accounts.
    • Bake breads, rolls, cakes, and pastries.
    • Plan and price menu items.

    Skills

    • Monitoring

      Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Coordination

      Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    4
    Graphic Literacy
    4

    Abilities

    • Near Vision

      The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).

    • Information Ordering

      The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).

    • Manual Dexterity

      The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.

    Knowledge

    • Food Production

      Knowledge of techniques and equipment for planting, growing, and harvesting food products (both plant and animal) for consumption, including storage/handling techniques.

    • Customer and Personal Service

      Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 25620/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Ohio Hourly Wage 12.32/hr
    • Typical Hourly Wage

    Ohio Employment Trends

    • Currently Employed 37,080
    • Yearly Projected Openings 6,160

    Typical Education

    Personality

    Realistic: People interested in this work like activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions.They do well at jobs that need:
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability
    • Attention to Detail
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Self Control
    • Initiative

    Tools

    • Domestic knives
    • Commercial use ovens
    • Commercial use cutlery
    • Commercial use broilers
    • Commercial use blenders

    Technology

    • Office suite software
    • Materials requirements planning logistics and supply chain software
    • Inventory management software
    • Data base user interface and query software
    • Compliance software

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